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Lee’s extra time shift brings joy at Southfields!

First-team players support well attended holiday courses

22 February 2022

Lee Brown rounded off a fantastic week for our Foundation’s half-term holiday courses by providing a bit of inspiration for aspiring footballers at Southfields Academy.

After coming through a tough Q&A from children, Lee then provided a demonstration of the qualities that made his signing a priority in January!

Scott Lockwood, Football Development Officer at our Foundation, said: “Lee was brilliant with the kids, taking part in a tough Q&A session, before joining in with the tournament matches and scoring a great goal!

“It was a great way to end our February half-term holiday camp, which had over 100 children in attendance throughout the four days.

“Lee presented our player of the week prizes and took pictures with the children. He even stayed later to have pictures with the arriving parents at the end of the day - showing us he is already buying into what AFC Wimbledon is all about as a club!”

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Last week was yet again a very busy one for our Foundation staff with 42 local children participating in the Active Dons Half Term programme, hosted at Liberty Primary School. Paul Kalambayi and Paul Osew provided the highlight of the week by popping along to provide a bit of motivation for young footballers.

Fiona Sutherland, our Foundation’s Community Development Manager, said: “Paul Osew and Paul Kalambayi gave a motivational talk about their journey to success – a brilliant opportunity for all the children on the programme to learn about hard work and dedication. The participants asked them plenty of questions, including what it’s like to be a footballer. The week was topped off with a children versus players/coaches Dodgeball game - it was a comfortable victory for the latter! Awards were also presented to children for their great work with special handshakes from our two defenders.”

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The Active Dons programme is a free provision made possible by the generous help of Clarion Futures. For this half-term, 80 per cent of the children attending receive free school meals, so it was an inclusive course that helped out parents during the holidays. Positively impacting the local community is key to all of the Foundation’s work. The outcomes and feedback we’ve received about the programme shows just how big an impact it has on the children who attend. 

The sessions included a wide variety of activities, including ‘Grandmother’s Footsteps’, Dodgeball, Basketball, Football, Tag Rugby, Dance and Drama.

More details about future holiday camps, Football For All sessions, and activities for people of all ages, can be found on the Foundation website .


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